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Twitter Spotlight: Daile Bree

Confession: I have a little blog crush on this week’s Twitter Spotlight participant, Daile. She’s got sass and even without makeup, she looks like this:

No makeup

Not fair, right?

She also has this adorable cat named Bixby who reminds me the darling Fitzroy Brandes.


Better to crush on Daile than to be a jealous hater, I figure.

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A list of good reads

Not just books either. Although I’m reading three right now:

  • The Accident – great for fans of Gone Girl (I just finished)
  • We Need New Names – I’m mid-read now but I think that if you liked Little Bee (I did!), you’ll probably enjoy this
  • Improvise – thoughts and stories about career development

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Twitter Spotlight: Ashley Spivey

I have wanted to feature Ashley Spivey here for a long time.

It was Ashley’s appearance on Brad’s second season as The Bachelor that introduced the world to her Southern accent and quick wit. Her tweets keep us laughing (except when they’re about books in which case they’re super useful in building a Good Reads list) and her Instagrams give us little peeks into her life in NYC and travels beyond.

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OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@AshleySpivey: A big personality, a bigger heart, and a huge sense of humor.

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What this book publishing merger means

Interesting read

Blaise Lucey

For the past few years, authors have kind of looked on in dismay as publishing houses like Penguin and Random House lumbered like dinosaurs underneath the growing shadow of the meteoric threat known as ebooks.

I was – and continue to be – part of that group, so I was proud to hear of the Penguin & Random House merger.

I firmly believe that, at the rate the industry is going, it’s imperative for publishers to move fast to adapt to this stuff.

Think about it:

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Twitter Spotlight: Allison Winn Scotch aka @aswinn

UPDATE: Buy Allison’s new book, The Theory of Opposites, now.

How about this: we have Allison Winn Scotch, a New York Times Best-Selling author in our midst. Even better: she enjoys the same guilty pleasures as me, like Bachelor and Bachelorette.

I’m so excited to feature Allison here. Check out her books The Song Remains the Same, The One That I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost & Found.

Without further ado, Allison is in the Twitter Spotlight.

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@aswinn: Sense of humor, brains, compassion, not bad to look at, intangible sexiness 

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@aswinn: grounded


OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

@aswinn: loyalty, kindness, snark, open-ears

OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness

@aswinn: my kids’ laughter, a blissful night sleep, spooning with the dog (and okay, my husband), a perfect run, a remote beach in the Caribbean, the weeping willows of the South

OneChicklette: Your idea of misery

@aswinn: total isolation; my kids’ bickering; a really, really lousy night’s sleep

OneChicklette: Your favorite fictional character

@aswinn: I know I should say a book character here, but I’m going to go with either Sydney Bristow or Felicity Porter

OneChicklette: Your favorite thing to eat, and also to drink

@aswinn: peanut butter chocolate ice cream or a really doughy bread. A crisp Riesling.

OneChicklette: Five tangible things you can’t live without

@aswinn: my kids, the internet, my running shoes…honestly, there are very few things I couldn’t live without. Moving across the country recently really illuminated this. It’s crap! All just crap!

OneChicklette: When did you first really feel like a grown-up? This great question came via @bookgirl96.

@aswinn: The first time I packed lunch for my son.

I know: you’d think it would have been sooner, like, giving birth or buying an apartment. But nothing had a bigger impact than packing lunch and tucking it in his little backpack. Probably because it reminded me of my own mom, and how much of a grown-up she seemed to little old me back then. There is/was something very ritualistic about it, and I knew – bam – I was all grown up. (Even if I don’t always act that way.)

OneChicklette: A question I should ask the next participant

@aswinn: What would be your theme song? 

OneChicklette: Random shout out (can be a person, a web site, a favorite product or brand…anything)

@aswinn: I’ll give a big fat “heeeeey,” to all my fellow Bachelorette obsessives, which is a) how we met and b) a significantly important part of my TV viewing.

It’s nice to know when you’ve found your people. My people are and always will be on #TeamArie.

This is a book

Suggested reading:

  • Why Kristen Stewart Matters: A Screed About Girls, Role Models And Tearing Down Those Who Are Different by Kate Spencer
  • To The People Who’ve Asked Me About Kristen Stewart also by Kate Spencer
  • In defense of ‘Twilight’ star Kristen Stewart by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
  • Hurtful headlines. Prurient paparazzi. Fickle fans. Enough already! Jodie Foster defends a kid actor’s right to be a kid.

Have you read “A Discovery of Witches”?

My Twitter friend @aestheticsgirl surprised me with a gift: a copy of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

“Witches?” I thought, somewhat confused.

“Alchemy?” I worried.

But @aestheticsgirl is a huge reader with excellent taste so I trusted her and dove in. Good move.

What a fascinating read, particularly if you read and liked the Twilight series, but perhaps wished for more from the writing.

The second book in the trilogy comes out on July 10. I pre-ordered for Kindle. These are big books.

The Bad Miss Bennet

When I read about this upcoming book, The Bad Miss Bennet by Jean Burnett, my first thought was “ooh, I might read that!”

My second thought was a question: is this the ultimate fan fiction? You, see the Bennet in question is Lydia and this book strives to tell her story after eloping with that handsome devil Wickham.

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